theodp writes: We have more computing power on each of our personal desktops than probably the entire world had in the early '60s, writes a frustrated John C. Dvorak. But we cannot find anything to do with it except surf the Web, check out Facebook and play the idiotic Farmville. We've lost sight of the power of the desktop, laments Dvorak, and have instead been seduced by 'dipstick apps that really do very little except amuse monkeys.' The computer is not an appliance, he argues, and requiring training in its use and operation should be required. No doubt he'd approve of Dave Winer's recent call for every person who graduates with a bachelor's degree to have one semester of programming.
I tell them to turn to the study of mathematics, for it is only there that
they might escape the lusts of the flesh.
-- Thomas Mann, "The Magic Mountain"